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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

Bickleton girls hold off Klickitat-Glenwood

Defensive adjustment, slick passing leads Pirates

 

Jaryd Cline

HARVEY'S HUSTLE: Bickleton's Kira Harvey, right, dribbles around Klickitat-Glenwood's Brianna Tuthill on Friday in Klickitat.

After Klickitat-Glenwood senior Mackenzie Tuthill scored nine of the team's 11 points in the opening quarter on Friday against Bickleton, Pirates head coach Teresa Gannon knew she had to make a change defensively to better contain the Vandals big scorer.

It paid off for the Pirates who played stingy defense for the rest of the half in their 49-46 Greater Columbia Gorge League win over the Vandals.

Typically, Gannon isn't a fan of defenses that focus on one player, but against Klickitat-Glenwood, she had to switch things up defensively to slow down Tuthill. She called on the box-and-one defense to limit Tuthill's touches, while Bickleton held the Vandals to just five points in the second quarter.

"We adjusted because we had to," Gannon said. "Tuthill's just a really strong player."

While Tuthill was putting on an impressive scoring display in the first quarter, which included a 3-pointer and 3-point play the old fashion way, the Bickleton offense was running like a well-oiled machine led by junior guard Kira Harvey.

The Pirates scored 21 points in the opening quarter while Harvey assisted on what seemed like every made basket. Hali O'Banion and Hannah Delbrook each struck for eight points in the quarter. O'Banion had the stroke from midrange while Delbrook was able to score from underneath and off of a few offensive rebounds. But all in all, the Pirates had great ball movement and were able to pick apart the Vandals zone defense early on.

"I think that's just our strength, that we play together," Gannon said. "She (Harvey) just did a really good job at moving the ball. None of the girls are selfish."

With the Pirate defense focusing on Tuthill, the Vandals got some scoring from freshman Brianna Tuthill, sophomore Becky Fink and senior Bailee Green in the third as they narrowed their deficit to 38-33 heading into the game's final quarter.

The Vandals showed their grit and toughness when faced with a challenge that head coach Adam McFall loves to see from his team. Trailing by as many as 16 in the first half, Klickitat-Glenwood cut the Pirates' lead to two (38-36) after Tuthill converted another 3-point play less than a minute into the fourth quarter.

They trailed by five points minutes later before Brianna Tuthill knocked down her second 3-pointer of the game, again trimming Bickleton's lead to two.

With 1:15 remaining, Mackenzie Tuthill hit two free throws and brought the score to 47-46 Bickleton. However, that was as close at the Vandals would come to the lead after freshman Rosy Molina knocked down two free throws. Neither team scored again, and Bickleton escaped with to improve to 2-0 in GCGL play.

Harvey finished with a triple double for the Pirates with 17 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists and Molina had nine rebounds and three blocked shots.

Bickleton 21 6 11 11 - 49

K-G: 11 5 17 13 - 46

Bickleton: Harvey 17, O'Banion 12, Molina 10, Delbrook 8, Hanson 2.

K-G: M, Tuthill 23, Green 13, B. Tuthill 8, Fink 2.

Vandals fall to

Sunnyside Christian

Mackenzie Tuthill started strong for the Vandals in the first quarter against the Sunnyside Christian Knights on Saturday, but the No. 13 ranked Class 1B team (based on the WIAA RPI ranking) was too much for Klickitat-Glenwood. The Vandals fell 65-29, and dropped to 1-3 in GCGL play.

Tuthill scored six of the team's 10 first quarter points, but was held to just two points the rest of the game and spent extended time on the bench while in foul trouble.

That was the story of the game for Klickitat-Glenwood, which scored 12 points in the second half and had three players, Tuthill, Green and freshman Kaitlynn Spino pick up four fouls in the first half.

Green led the Vandals with 12 points, including eight of the team's nine points in the fourth quarter.

The Vandals return to action this weekend against Yakama Tribal at home on Friday, and travel to Lyle for a matchup with the Cougars on Saturday.

K-G 19 18 24 4 - 65

Sunnyside 10 7 3 9 - 29

K-G: B. Green 12, M. Tuthill 9, S. Green 3, Fink 2, Blake 2, Leming 1.

Eagles beat Pirates

Points were hard to come by in the first half for the Pirates as they fell 73-41 to Yakama Tribal for their first GCGL loss of the season.

Bickleton combined for just 12 points in the first half and entered halftime trailing 35-12.

Jaryd Cline

Vandals freshman Brianna Tuthill looks for a shot from beyond the arc against the Pirates on Friday in Klickitat.

The Eagles, who entered the game as the No. 22 ranked team among Class 1B schools, were able to cause the Pirates trouble with a good mix of inside and outside scoring on Saturday. Tribal knocked down nine 3-pointers, including seven in the second half to hold off the Pirates.

O'Banion led the Pirates with 17 points and had three steals, while Harvey finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Molina also grabbed 12 boards for Bickleton, which plays on the road Friday against Trout Lake and returns home Saturday against Yakama Tribal.

Bickleton 6 6 15 14 - 41

Sunnyside 19 16 19 19 - 73

Bickleton: O'Banion 17, Harvey 12, Molina 6, Delbrook 3, Reese 2, Hanson 1.

 

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